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Immigration Law Government Agencies And Immigration Lawyers In Houston, Texas


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Houston immigration lawyers at The Solomon Law Firm, P.C., have experience representing immigration matters including Employment Based Visas, Family Based Visas, Adjustment of Status, Green Cards, Detention Bond Hearings, and Citizenship / Naturalization.

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Immigration Law Government Agencies And Immigration Lawyers In Houston, Texas

  1. 1. Immigration Law Government Agencies And Immigration Lawyers In Houston, Texas
  2. 2. US Government Agencies and Their Duties - Immigration Law Who is in Control of Immigration?» There are multiple federal agencies that are involved in the immigration process. They are responsible for enforcement as well as implementation of the laws and regulations.» Understanding which agency has what authority, and how to deal with it, is important. This means that it is usually beneficial to have an immigration law firm involved in the process. Control of Immigration
  3. 3. 1 The Department of State (DOS)1 • It is the responsibility of DOS to supervise the consulates and embassies of the United States that are located in other countries. • The foreign located consulates and embassies are responsible for the processing and approval or denial of visa applications for people who want to come to America.
  4. 4. 2 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)2 • This is the agency whose name we hear frequently when there are discussions of protecting us from terrorist activities. • It is also heavily involved in immigration matters, primarily through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and the United States Customs and Border Protection agency.
  5. 5. 3 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)3 • The USCIS has primary responsibility for handling immigration matters. It replaced what was known as the INS, or the Immigration and Naturalization Service. • It is part of the Department of Homeland Security, and it has regional offices that help process visa petitions that are filed by persons who reside in the United States. • It deals with such things as approving extension requests for nonimmigrant visas, approving changes in immigrant status, naturalization applications, and so forth.
  6. 6. 4 The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP)4 • This agency has the power and responsibility, among other things, to identify people or things that might pose a risk to United States citizens, and then refuse them entry into America. • It is also responsible for encouraging legitimate trade while preventing criminal and terroristic activities on the borders of the United States.
  7. 7. 5 The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement5 Agency (ICE) • ICE is the agency that has primary investigative responsibility when it comes to finding and removing persons and things that threaten America’s borders, such as weaknesses in security for the border, economic, transportation, or infrastructure. • It also has authority to decide when immigrants should be detained and removed.
  8. 8. 6 The United States Department of Labor (DOL)6 • The DOL must approve labor certifications when employers want to hire certain classes of workers who are foreign nationals. • Without that approval, these classes of foreign workers cannot obtain a visa to enter the United States. The DOL is also responsible for helping protect workers and improving their working conditions.
  9. 9. The Bottom Line» Understanding the interplay of the various government organizations involved in implementing the law is important to a full understanding of US immigration policy.» Contact our firm to speak with a knowledgeable immigration attorney about your immigration-related legal matters.
  10. 10. Texas Immigration Attorneys - US Immigrant Visa Lawyers» Immigration law is complex, confusing and constantly changing. Unless you are aware of the potential opportunities and pitfalls in the law, dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can be a long, frustrating process.» Applications are routinely denied for minor errors or omissions in the large amount of required paperwork. This is why so many people rely upon the services of a skilled immigration law attorney.
  11. 11. » To learn more about immigration law, please review the general information we have provided. To speak with an experienced immigration attorney, please contact the Houston immigration law attorneys at The Solomon Firm, P.C. today.» Call for a free telephone consultation and if appropriate a free office consultation where we can obtain the details necessary to evaluate and handle your case.
  12. 12. CONTACT THE SOLOMON LAW FIRM, P.C. Main Office 510 Bering Drive, Suite 300 Houston, Texas 77057 Toll Free 888.777.6391 Fax to 713.358.5513